Can I remain anonymous if I win the lottery in West Virginia?
Yes. A recent bill allows winners of draw game prizes equal to or exceeding $1 million to keep their name, contact information, and likeness anonymous. Anonymity must be requested on the West Virginia Lottery website, and any individual who chooses to remain anonymous will pay 5% of their prize money to the State Lottery Fund.
How much will I pay in taxes if I win the WV Lottery?
Prizes greater than $5,000 are subject to state tax withholdings of 6.5% and federal tax withholdings of 24%.
How long does it take to receive WV Lottery winnings?
Prizes up to $600 can be claimed instantly at an authorized retailer. Larger prizes, such as jackpots, must be claimed at Lottery Headquarters and will take longer to process and claim.
Can I buy a WV Lottery ticket online?
At this time, tickets must be purchased at an authorized retailer.
About the West Virginia Lottery
The WV Lottery was started in 1985 when the West Virginia Legislature passed the Lottery Act. West Virginia’s first instant tickets were sold on January 9, 1986, and more than 1.5 million tickets were sold on the first day alone. By the end of the fiscal year, the WV Lottery had more than $53 million in sales and provided $20 million of those dollars to the state’s General Revenue Fund.
Today, the West Virginia Lottery generates annual sales of more than $1.1 billion, more than $520 million a year of which directly assists the people of West Virginia. Since its inception, the Lottery has generated more than $9 billion for things like public education, state parks, senior services, and the state’s tourism industry.
To learn more about the West Virginia State Lottery please visit the official website.
Information on responsible gaming and problem gaming is available here. Or call 1-800-522-4700.